SST_1106 – Lighting and Rendering in Vectorworks 2011

I think rendering is one the fun parts of Vectorworks. Appropriate rendering will bring your buildings and objects to life, but without good lighting, all your good work will be wasted. A clever lighting design will even make a dull model come to life.

This manual will work through the rendering options and show you when each one should be used. Then we will look at the lighting options and see when we should be using each type. Finally we will look at a couple of models and look at applying the lighting and rendering to get the best results.


  • Introduction
  • Rendering Preferences
  • Vectorworks Preferences
  • Display Tab
  • 3D Tab
  • Setting 3D Views
  • Quick 3D  Views
  • The Flyover Tool
  • The Walkthrough Tool.
  • Set 3D View
  • Rendering Types
  • Wireframe
  • Line Rendering
  • OpenGL
  • Fast Renderworks
  • Custom Renderworks
  • Artistic Renderworks
  • Lighting
  • Light Sources
  • Directional Light
  • Point Light
  • Spot Light
  • Line Light
  • Area Light
  • Lighting Options
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Indirect Lighting
  • Environment Lighting
  • Renderworks Background
  • HDRI Backgrounds
  • Render Bitmap tool
  • Batch Render
  • Create Batch Render Job
  • Start Batch Render Job
  • Tips
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